(DEC 7) I left for Albuquerque,
New Mexico, on Wednesday, December 1. I barely missed the press
conference unfortunately because by the time I got to the Route
66 Casino Hotel, it was already over. The following day, I
attended the weigh-in for the boxing event that was set to take
place on Friday night, December 3rd at the Route 66 Casino
The weigh-in had a great turn out, and I was able to meet up
with some of the women boxers for the first time. I have covered
them on WBAN for years, but never got to meet some of them in
person. There were three women's bouts on the card.
Main event, Holly Holm vs. Ann-Marie Saccurato, 10 rounds,
fighting for the IBA and WBAN Junior welterweight world title
Saccurato (left) Holm (right)
WBAN Belt (left) IBA Belt (Right)
This particular fight between
Holm and Saccurato made a another "history mark" for WBAN,
as it is the first time that we had two boxers fighting a second
time for one of the WBAN Belts. Holly Holm, currently held the
WBAN Junior Middleweight belt, and would now fight for the 140
title. Saccurato had fought for the junior welterweight
title over a year ago against Myriam Lamare, who [Lamare]
ultimately won the belt.
Co-Main, Victoria Cisneros vs. Chevelle Hallback. These two
were fighting eight rounds at lightweight division.
Cisneros (left) Hallback (right)
This was a true test
for Victoria Cisneros. As usual, the warrior that Cisneros has
proven time and time again, she was taking on a very tough
veteran in the sport.
Undercard, Savanna Hill vs. Jodi Esquibel. These two were
fighting a six round bout.
Others at the
weigh-in: Female boxers Tonia Cravens, Thaddine
Johnson; . Retired boxers/special guests of event: Alex
"The Bronx Bomber" Ramos, Founder and President of the Retired
Boxers Foundation, Bob Foster, WBC Light Heavyweight
champion. In addition: Billy C. of Billy C Boxing, Brad
Hill, Manager/husband of Savanna Hill.
Billy C. (left) Alex Ramos
Bob Foster (left) Alex Ramos (right)
Female Boxer - Tonia Cravens
Holly Holm autographing a robe that
Stephanie Jaramillo donated to WBAN. Jaramillo wore this
yellow robe when she had her last fight with Holly Holm. I
brought the Robe to New Mexico to have Holm sign it.
Jaramillo had also previously autographed the back of the robe.
Lenny Fresquez at the weigh-in (right)
NIGHT - DEUCES WILD
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